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Countdown to the Colonial Cup
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DEMONSTRATIVE AND RIDER Robbie Walsh have won the last two Grade I events on the National Steeplechase Association schedule. The Eclipse Award contender is expected to compete in Camden in next months $100,000 Colonial Cup feature chase. - photo by Photo courtesy of NYRA

With the 45th annual Marion duPont Scott International Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races a little more than a month away, patrons who had reserved parking spaces for last year’s Camden fall classic have until Friday, Oct. 10 to assure they retain those spaces. All unsold spaces will be placed for sale to the general public.
This year’s races will be run on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Springdale Race Course in Camden. The first race will be meet the starter’s flag at 12:30 p.m. Races will be run in 35-minute intervals.
The gates to the course will swing open to the general public at 9 a.m. The Jack Russell Terrier trials will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the infield with the Salute to the Military kicking off at 11 a.m.
The afternoon of racing features the $100,000 Colonial Cup (Gr. I) which will be the fourth race of the day and brings the curtain down on the 2014 National Steeplechase Association season and will likely be the deciding race in the chase for American steeplechasing’s Eclipse Award.
Here is the information on all tickets and parking spaces for the Colonial Cup:

Advance tickets: $20 until Nov. 1 and $30 after that date as well as at the gates on race day
(Note: Children under the age of 12 will be admitted free, if accompanied by an adult ticket holder.)
General admission parking: $10, payable only at the gates on race day
Infield parking: $135 per parking space, which includes two general admission race tickets
Pro Park: $135 per parking space, which includes two general admission race tickets. New to the Colonial Cup this year, Pro Park is designed to be a reunion spot for former College Park goers who are now in the professional sector. Attendees are encouraged to bring their families and spend the day enjoying all the many offerings of the Colonial Cup, while reconnecting with old College Park friends.
Restricted area parking (for oversized vehicles): $215, which includes a parking space and two tickets
Front row paddock side parking: $265, which includes two general admission race tickets
Grandstand box: $625, which includes premier seating at the finish line. Watch the races from the best seats at the race course, and dine with the winning owners and trainers in the Post and Paddock Club presented by Aberdeen Catery Luncheon Tent on the mound next to the Grandstand. Includes credentials for six box seats, admission for six to the “Breakfast with KershawHealth” in the Grandstand Pavilion, six VIP Hospitality Luncheon Tent credentials, admission for six to the Winner’s Reception after the races in the Lexus VIP Hospitality Luncheon Tent, and one boxholder  parking credential.
Individual grandstand box seat: $135, which includes premier seating at the finish line. Watch the races from the best seats at the race course, and dine with the winning owners and trainers in the Post and Paddock Club presented by Aberdeen Catery Luncheon Tent on the mound next to the Grandstand. Includes credentials for six box seats, admission for six to the “Breakfast with KershawHealth” in the Grandstand Pavilion, six VIP Hospitality Luncheon Tent credentials, admission for six to the Winner’s Reception after the races in the VIP Hospitality Luncheon Tent, and one boxholder  parking credential.
Tickets and parking spaces may be purchased in person at the race office, located inside the National Steeplechase Museum on Knights Hill Rd. in Camden, or by calling 432-6513.
For complete race-day information, please visit the Colonial Cup website which is located at www.carolina-cup.org.

All Together romps in Virginia: Showing his class, All Together rolled to a 7 1/4-length victory in the $40,000 W. Gary Baker Memorial, the featured hurdle race on last Saturday’s Virginia Fall program at Middleburg, Va.
In the featured timber race on the nine-race program, Dakota Slew pulled an upset in the $35,0000 National Sporting Library & Museum Cup.
Owned by Andre Brewster and Sheila J. Williams, All Together defeated a strong field for the 2 1/8-mile race over National Fences. The Fields Stables’ Bob Le Beau was second. Leading trainer Jack Fisher, who saddled All Together, also claimed third money with Woodslane Farm’s Sharp Numbers. Ridden by Sam Jones, All Together ran the Baker Memorial’s distance in 3:58.
All Together, a nine-year-old Danzig gelding  collected his first victory since an optional allowance claiming score at Saratoga Race Course in August 2013. But he twice was close to a Grade 1 victory, finishing second by a length in the New York Turf Writers Cup at Saratoga and second by a nose in Belmont Park’s Lonesome Glory Handicap. He finished fourth in those $150,000 races this year before his Baker Memorial score.
Magalen O. Bryant’s Dakota Slew ended a long drought with his 1 1/2-length victory over Brother Sy in the National Sporting Library & Museum Cup, and Straight to It finished third. Trained by Richard Valentine and ridden by Darren Nagle, Dakota Slew ran the 3 1/4-mile distance in 8:05.20.
While Fisher added to his lead in the trainer standings, Willie McCarthy pulled away from his competitors for the year’s jockey championship with two victories, both for trainer Jonathan Sheppard.
McCarthy, who lives in Camden for part of the year, has 17 wins thus far this season which is four ahead of fellow Irishman Ross Geraghty with 13. Another native of Ireland, defending leading rider champion Paddy Young in next with 10 victories.
McCarthy also lead all jockeys in earnings with his horses having earned $534,650. Young is next with $344,600 in winnings.

Looking ahead: The NSA circuit heads to Geneseo, N.Y. for Saturday’s 86th annual Genesee Valley Hunt races, which includes two chases over timeber fences.
On Saturday, Oct. 18, the scene shifts to Far Hills, N.J. for the 94th Far Hills Race Meting highlighted by the running of the $250,000 Grand National, the richest event on the organization’s schedule.